How To Move More To Move Away From Depression

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  • Written by: Dr. Jatin Bhide
Daily movement can help you combat depression

Daily exercise is as beneficial to the mind as it is to the body. Exercise is known to improve your mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative thoughts and by enhancing your overall self-esteem. It also helps boost your mood, improve your sleep, and gives you an enormous sense of well-being. Studies even show that exercise can help treat mild to moderate forms of depression to the same capacity as anti-depressant medications would. Here are a few tips on how to activate the benefits of exercise when you suffer from depression.

Start slow

You don’t need to buy expensive gear or commit to a month-long gym membership to start feeling better. Simply putting one foot in front of the other may just do the trick. This is because walking is an aerobic exercise and is suited for almost everyone. All it takes is a pair of comfortable, supportive shoes, and you’re ready to go. When it comes to physical and mental improvement, doing something is better than doing nothing.

Be realistic

Don’t set yourself up to fail with an unrealistic plan. Pressurizing yourself to complete a whole program or stick to a strict schedule may result in failure which can be incredibly demoralizing at this stage of time. Achieving goals is crucial to your self-esteem, and that is why it is important to set realistic expectations for yourself.

Activate your endorphins

Aerobics and cardio exercises have an edge when it comes to activating your endorphins. One example is the runner’s high that many athletes report experiencing after crossing a certain threshold of exertion. The euphoria is due to the release of endorphins in the brain in response to sustained physical activity. When released, endorphins can produce a sense of well-being or joy and decrease pain levels.

Move with others

Our connections with others are an important factor in shaping our mental health and well-being. Being part of a team gives you a much-needed support network that teaches you the value of teamwork. Team sports also teach you resilience and how to deal with setbacks. No team wins all the time. Dealing with a loss or a poor performance, learning from it, and trying again is all part of the journey.

Get your daily dose of sunshine

Sunshine improves our serotonin levels. If you enjoy being outdoors, even simple activities such as gardening, throwing a ball around with your kids, or washing your car may do you some good. Pick an activity that works best for you, depending on your functioning level, energy, and preferences, and enjoy your day out in the sun.

Don’t underestimate the power of exercise. It is a natural way to release mood-regulating endorphins and serotonin, as well as prompts the growth of new brain cells and blood vessels that bring more oxygen into your body.

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